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Community grants

Middlesbrough is getting more support to tackle the spike in coronavirus cases. Find out more about the extra support.

Council grant programmes

The council has a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support activity for people in Middlesbrough. All applications must demonstrate how they link to the Mayor's Vision.

For more information on grants, please contact:

Voluntary Sector Liaison and Grants Officer
Phone: 01642 729309

Looking for funding? Middlesbrough Council and MVDA run Find a Funder, an online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities.

Community Fund

Holiday Activities Fund

Funding is available through the Holiday Activities Fund to help organisations deliver summer holiday clubs for children and young people.

Please read the Holiday Activities Fund criteriaHoliday Activities Fund guidance, and Holiday Activities Fund additional guidance before you apply.

Holiday Activities Fund - resources

Further guidance is available in the holiday activities and food programme resource pack from the Department for Education.

We're currently putting together a full resource pack which will be available to providers before the programme starts. Some sample documents and guidance for food provision include:

COVID-19 Community Communication small grants

This funding has been made available to complement the existing Covid Champions network. The network is made up of champions who are able to get messages out to people who may not get them through normal channels. Over the last year, this has mainly involved updates on government guidelines, however the coming year will also be about recovery and include signposting to advice and support services.

The target groups for this year's fund have been identified as those missing from the current network, so please only apply if your group meets one of these. If you're unsure, please get in touch.

Target groups:

  1. Carers
  2. Asylum seekers or migrants
  3. People with a learning disability
  4. People with hearing loss or who are Deaf
  5. People with sight loss or who are Blind
  6. Travelling communities such as Gypsy/Roma/Traveller
  7. Young people aged 14 to 18

The COVID-19 Community Communication small grants programme is currently closed to applications.

Closing date for applications: 19 May 2021 at 1pm.

Covid recovery grant

Following on from last year's sustainability grant funding, this year we're moving on to providing funding to the town's voluntary and community sector to support VCS capacity to respond to the need for recovery. We're looking to offer funding in the following areas, which will help support residents to recover from the pandemic:

  • reducing social isolation, and encouraging social re-connection and a 'return to normal'
  • supporting people to recover from the mental health impact of the pandemic
  • increasing community cohesion, engagement and development (and building on communities strengthened through the pandemic where possible) 
  • increasing vaccination uptake - guidance, clarity, and practical support where possible (for example, support with appointments, transport, access, etc.)
  • supporting people with previous physical and mental health needs whose access to normal services was reduced by the pandemic
  • helping people recover financially through appropriate support and signposting
  • addressing health inequalities worsened by the pandemic

More information is available in the Covid recovery grant criteria (PDF).

The maximum grant available is £20,000, but smaller bids are also welcome.

The Covid recovery grant fund is currently closed to applications.

Closing date for applications: 28 May 2021 at 1pm.

Community Grant Fund

Grants of up to £1500 are available through the Community Grant Fund.

There are two different funds in the Community Grant Fund programme: the Small Grants Fund and the Community Chest.

Small Grants Fund

Our Small Grants Fund is for residents and small community groups. If you have an idea but you need some money to get it off the ground, let us know. You don't have to have a bank account or a constitution, we're just looking for people and groups who want to do some good, and need a helping hand to make that happen.

Community Chest

Our Community Chest fund is for more established groups which have a constitution, bank account, and policies in place. Don't worry if you're not an established group - our Small Grants Fund might be better for you.

Funding is available for groups which are working for the benefit of Middlesbrough residents, and encouraging community participation and activity. Find out more in the Community Chest guidance.

For more information, contact the Voluntary Sector Liaison and Grants Officer on 01642 729309.

Privacy policy for the Community Grant Fund.

Community Fund - Staying Included

Staying Included is a council-run service aimed at helping vulnerable people find solutions to live independently at home and to stay connected to their community. This will allow individuals to live more healthily, become more active, form new friendships, and pursue their ambitions.

This grant is aimed at building capacity within the VCS to support clients beyond the Staying Included support period. Grant requests must be able to demonstrate how the funding will make a difference to supporting people.

Grants of up to £5000 are available. The total amount to be allocated in 2020-2021 is £18,000.

The Community Fund is currently closed to applications.

More information

Read: What funding is available to charities during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Carers Community Fund

This small grants scheme is available to community-based groups who want to support informal carers in their area. 

Outcomes for your project should help with one or more of the following:

  1. Reduce carers’ social isolation and develop social networks
  2. Help carers, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing
  3. Reach, connect, and support disadvantaged carers.
  4. Build on available community assets and resources to support carers

Successful projects will have high involvement and ownership by the carers within the community, and be driven by them. Read the Carers Community Fund guidance before applying.

Short Break Grants

Do you work with children or young people who are disabled? Grants of up to £3000 are available to groups offering positive activity to children and young people with a disability on evenings, weekends or during school holidays.

The Short Break Grants fund is currently closed to applications.

For more information, contact the Voluntary Sector Liaison and Grants Officer on 01642 729309.

ESF Community Grants Programme

Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with the four Tees Valley councils, has been awarded funding to support those who are furthest from the labour market to move into work. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 are available for individual projects. Funding is for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment.

Find out more about the ESF Community Grants Programme and apply.

Find a Funder training sessions

Training sessions on using Find a Funder are available. Sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups looking for grant funding.

Our Find a Funder training sessions are currently being held online. The next sessions will be available soon.

Educational bursaries

The Student Bursary Fund is no longer accepting applications.

As these are available due to Trust Funds, the amount available varies.

For more information, contact the Voluntary Sector Liaison and Grants Officer on 01642 729309.

Voluntary and community sector grants awarded - 2020-2021

View details of the purpose and size of grants awarded (2020-2021).

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